Monday, August 24, 2015
From Reuters: a shale oil producer, confronting a Texas drought, will soon be getting its water from the City of Odessa’s sewage treatment plant(s), under an 11-year contract. The (American) National Oil Shale Association reports that shale extraction uses 3 barrels of water for every barrel of oil produced. Presumably, this arrangement offsets the industrial use of water that people might otherwise want to drink.
This is a nice example of economic and institutional adaptation to a changing ecology. It’s a private/public initiative, and it sounds like a win all around, at least in its broad strokes. This kind of thing must be happening in a lot of places now. Local, not global change.
Top shale oil producer Pioneer Natural Resources Co (PXD.N) has found an unusual way to both save water and cut costs for its wells: tapping the treated runoff from toilets, sinks and showers in west Texas.
Pioneer has signed an 11-year, $117 million deal with the city of Odessa, Texas that will guarantee it access to millions of gallons of treated municipal wastewater each day, for use in nearby oilfields. Deliveries of the so-called effluent, are expected to start at the end of the year.